Man Who Raped 12-Year-Old, Then Was Granted Joint Custody Of Her Baby Returns To Court

The judge was reportedly not aware of his rape charges. 

A Michigan court is reconsidering a decision that gave a convicted rapist joint custody of his biological child, who was born after he raped a 12-year-old girl, The New York Post reported.

Attorneys representing Christopher Mirasolo, 27, and the young mother, who is now 21, will appear in court on Tuesday before Judge Gregory Ross, who previously granted Mirasolo joint legal custody over the child.

The judge was reportedly not aware that Mirasolo had two convictions for sex crimes, including one for sexually assaulting the woman. But during the hearing, Ross disclosed the victim’s address to Mirasolo without her consent, according to Rebecca Kiessling, the victim’s attorney.

Though the mother had sole physical custody of the child, joint legal custody enabled both parents to share decision-making authority about the child’s welfare. The case was prompted after the young mother sought state assistance for her son. Mirasolo was ordered to pay child support.

“I think this is all crazy,” the victim anonymously told The Detroit News. “[Officials] never explained anything to me. I was receiving about $260 a month in food stamps for me and my son and health insurance for him. I guess they were trying to see how to get some of the money back.”

Nine years ago, the 12-year-old victim, her sister, and a friend were abducted by Mirasolo and held captive for two days, during which time Mirasolo had unlawful sexual contact with the victim, according to Kiessling. 

After she became pregnant, Mirasolo was arrested and convicted with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, for which he served six-and-a-half months in prison. He later committed a second sexual assault in 2010, serving four years in prison.

[Image: Michigan Department of Corrections]

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